Philips and Apple are frontrunners in transition to less harmful tin mining Amsterdam, 29 June 2016 - Most electronics concerns have done next to nothing to prevent that the tin being used in their products causes destruction on the islands of Bangka and Belitung in Indonesia, research by Friends of the Earth Netherlands reveals.
Amsterdam, December 18, 2015 - Four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands welcome today’s ruling by the Court of Appeals in The Hague allowing them to jointly sue Shell in the Netherlands for causing extensive oil spills in Nigeria. The ruling is unique and can pave the way for victims of environmental pollution and human rights abuses worldwide to turn to the Netherlands for legal redress when a Dutch company is involved. In addition to competence question, the Court also ruled in favour of Friends of the Earth NL and the Nigerian farmers regarding the issue of access to internal company documents, Shell must give access to internal company documents.
The Hague, 27 March 2015 – On 14 July 2015, the Dutch court will rule on the first phase of the appeal in the legal case of Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers versus Shell. This case centres on oil spills from Shell pipelines in three villages in the Niger Delta. On 14 July it will become clear whether the Dutch court is authorised to rule on Shell's subsidiary in Nigeria and whether Milieudefensie and the Nigerian plaintiffs will be permitted to examine internal Shell documents. Then the substantive proceedings of the appeal will follow.
Amsterdam, 6 March 2015 – On Thursday, 12 March 2015, Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers will present additional evidence to the Court of Appeal in The Hague in their ongoing legal case against Shell.